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Position Centre
Nickname(s) Kenta
Mr. Magic
The Magic Man
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams Djurgårdens IF
Winnipeg Jets
Atlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
Minnesota North Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Nationality Sweden
Born August 31 1956 (1956-08-31) (age 53),
Nynäshamn, SWE
NHL Draft 64th overall, 1976
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 11th overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Pro Career 1976 – 1997

Kent Åke "Kenta" Nilsson (born August 31, 1956, in Nynäshamn, Sweden) is a retired professional ice hockey centre.

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Playing career

Nilsson began his career in 1973–74, playing for Djurgårdens IF during his first of four seasons in Sweden. He then came to North America, and played for the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA beginning in 1977. He scored two consecutive 100-point seasons in the WHA; and his offensive production continued when the league merged with the NHL. He was claimed by the Atlanta Flames, and in his first season with the team he scored 93 points. The next season, 1980–81, Atlanta moved to Calgary; Nilsson scored 131 points, which is still the team record and he came third in NHL scoring.

Nilsson played with the Flames until 1984–85 when he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for a draft pick that the Flames used to draft Joe Nieuwendyk. Nilsson won his first and only Stanley Cup while playing with the Edmonton Oilers in 1987. He returned to Europe after that season, playing in Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway. In 1988–89 he was named Player of the Year in Sweden. He returned to Edmonton for six games in 1995, which made him the last former Atlanta Flames player to play in the NHL. He then played briefly again in Europe until 1998.

He is currently a scout for the Edmonton Oilers, operating out of Europe. His son, Robert Nilsson, is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers.

Awards

Records

  • Most points scored by a Swedish player in a single NHL season (131 in 1980–81)
  • Calgary Flames team record for points in a single season (131 in 1980–81)
  • Calgary Flames team record for assists in a single season (82 in 1980–81)
  • Calgary Flames team record for shorthanded goals in a single season (9 in 1983–84)

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 AIK Hockey SEL 36 30 18 48 18
1977–78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 80 42 65 107 8 9 2 8 10 10
1978–79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 78 39 68 107 8 10 3 11 14 4
1979–80 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 40 53 93 10 4 0 0 0 2
1980–81 Calgary Flames NHL 80 49 82 131 26 14 3 9 12 2
1981–82 Calgary Flames NHL 41 26 29 55 8 3 0 3 3 2
1982–83 Calgary Flames NHL 80 46 58 104 10 9 1 11 12 2
1983–84 Calgary Flames NHL 67 31 49 80 22
1984–85 Calgary Flames NHL 77 37 62 99 14 3 0 1 1 0
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 61 16 44 60 10 5 1 4 5 0
1986–87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 44 13 33 46 12
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 5 12 17 4 21 6 13 19 6
1988–89 Djurgårdens IF SEL 35 21 21 42 36
1989–90 Kloten Flyers Swiss-A ? 21 19 40 0
1990–91 Kloten Flyers Swiss-A 41 40 49 89 0
1991–92 Kloten Flyers Swiss-A 19 11 14 25 10
1992–93 Djurgårdens IF SEL 40 11 20 31 20
1993–94 Graz EC Aust 57 23 52 65 0
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 1 0 1 0
1996–97 Stuttgart EC Ger.2 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 553 264 422 686 116 59 11 41 52 14

International play

International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1973 Sweden EJC 5 8 7 15 2
1974 Sweden EJC 5 5 5 10 0
1975 Sweden WJC 6 3 3 6 0
1976 Sweden WJC 4 1 3 4 2
1981 Sweden CC 5 0 2 2 4
1984 Sweden CC 8 3 8 11 4
1985 Sweden WC 8 6 5 11 6
1987 Sweden CC 6 0 4 4 4
1989 Sweden WC 10 3 11 14 0
1990 Sweden WC 10 10 2 12 6
International totals 67 39 50 89 28

External links

  • Kent Nilsson's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
Preceded by
Bo Berglund
Golden Puck
1989
Succeeded by
Rolf Ridderwall
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